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  • Australia fines Apple $6.7 million over misleading 'Error 53' repair practices

    "The Court declared the mere fact that an iPhone or iPad had been repaired by someone other than Apple did not, and could not, result in the consumer guarantees ceasing to apply, or the consumer's right to a remedy being extinguished."
    That sounds like some silly shit to me. Get it broken fixed by some third party and expect Apple to clean the ensuing mess.
    The point is that the devices were correctly fixed by a third party repairer and Apple then applied a software update that bricked the devices (error code 53) AND THEN said that they could not repair the devices because of the initial third party repair. The Federal Court has determined that this was essentially a lie, and lying to a consumer is illegal in Australia, as it should be in any civilised country!
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  • Apple's proposed Australian flagship store faces public opposition, called 'Pizza Hut pago...

    No comment.  I hate malls...

    Making me walk past a bunch of stores that I have no interest in, to get where I need to go, is a waste of my time.

    They probably also have parallel parking... shudder.
    The site isn't in a mall, its in a public "square". It's not actually square (not even a rounded rectangle - RIP Steve Jobs), but that's modern architecture for you. However, it is fronted by galleries and restaurants and currently has no shops, so that's really the big issue for Melbournites, not the architecture. As to parking, there's a parking station on the other side of the art gallery from the proposed Apple store location, but very few people will drive there, Melbourne is a very walkable city, the main rail station is a 1 minute walk away and there are about a dozen tram routes all operating at a couple of minutes frequency along both frontage roads.
  • Actor Justin Long reveals why Steve Jobs rejected over 200 'I'm a Mac' ads

    Only 66 released out of 323 made?? The Ad Agency should release some more of them (I am sure they kept them all) as the 'Lost Collection.' It will help remind everyone what made Apple great at one time.
    Great idea! Bundle them in 10-12 an episode and add an interview or two and release the series on Apple TV+. It would be better than most of the product so far!
  • Apple's record $64B quarter is more than 34 countries combined will earn this year

    spice-boy said:
    Apple should pay for every American's healthcare. 
    Er, no. We need to separate our healthcare from our employers. My healthcare should have nothing to do with who I work for, yet it does.

    But something must change. In today's episode of This Shit Is Out of Control -- I have plantar fasciitis from my physical activity so I visited the doc. He prescribed PT. At PT, the guy looked at my foot and had me do some stretches. The bill from the single PT session alone? $560 for -- $410 for the PT's "evaluation", and $150 for the stretching. My insurance took $250 off, leaving me with $310. What...a fucking...crock. 

    Our system is beyond broken. The prices from doctors and hospitals are fake, intended to be marked down via insurance provider negotiations. But even still the out-of-pocket is unreasonable for the non-wealthy and getting worse. I'm an enterprise software dev well into middle-class and this shit is too much. Our healthcare is completely broken, and we can thank the current system and the fat cat hospital & insurance executive class. Something has to change. 
    Apple paying for universal health care in the Us is a totally ridiculous proposition, but so is much of the rest of the argument above (Roadracerkev excluded).

    Health care in Australia is not free. Everyone who pays income tax pays a  Medicare levy of 1.5% of taxable income (with an additional surcharge of 1% for high-income earners without private health insurance). If you are not a high income earner and choose to have private health insurance (giving you shorter waiting times for elective surgery, more choice in terms of doctors and hospitals, a private room, etc.), then you get a partial rebate via an income tax deduction. All of this is independent of your employer and doesn't bankrupt you if you have a major uninsured accident or a life threatening illness. In return for such a wonderful system a tiny, tiny fraction of my 1.5% goes towards paying for the healthcare of the unemployed and the elderly, That tiny, tiny fraction is much less than the extra I would have to pay in deregulated system if Medicare did not exist (yes, I remember what it was like in Oz before 1975). Also, the current life expectancy in Australia is 82.5 years, whereas in the US it is 78.9, so I guess the system is doing something right.

    It's not difficult to set-up a logical, efficient and effective system, but first you have to defeat the vested interests who deliberately confuse the general public by setting up think tank propaganda machines and paying for advertising, lobbyists, etc. who deliberately stifle change by promoting divisive arguments based on irrelevant 'ism's.

    Imagine if two engineers at Apple argued over a motherboard design because one said that parallel processing was communist. That's what the US arguments over health care sound like to someone who lives elsewhere.

    PS. I love visiting the US, seeing new places and hanging out with my many great friends, but I always get full travel insurance. 
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  • Australia's largest bank rolls out support for Apple Pay

    Hell hath only one fury worse than an Apple user scorned! I cancelled my NAB cards and got an ANZ Visa Card instead, just so I could use Apple Pay. I understand that many thousands did the same. Even if NAB follow CBA and come on board, I'm not going back.
  • Apple reportedly held preliminary acquisition talks with MGM

    pinbot61 said:
    Apple still needs better content, more selection of movies to watch, not just their own productions. As well as live stream tv for me to keep the service beyond my free trial. 
    Live stream tv? Explain why that in particular is needed? Why would I want to make myself sit at home at a certain special time, when I could instead stream the show/movie on demand? What is the value add?
    To watch the news and live sport perhaps?
  • Steve Wozniak says Apple should have split up long ago, talks push into services and more ...

    Japhey said:
    tzeshan said:
    i am curious. What are his contributions after leaving Apple decades ago? Giving advices to Apple? 
    Also, why does he continually refer to Apple as “we”?  Is he currently connected to the company in any way, official or not?
    And also, why does his beard look pink?
    According to this report:, the Woz is still on the payroll. Without him the Woz there would be no Apple. Without Steve Jobs there would be no Apple. It needed both of them. Also, his total net worth is reportedly around $100 million, so I'd rather listen to him than trollers with a net worth of much, much less than that.
  • Apple TV+ at six months: No breakthroughs, but plenty of promise

    ElCapitan said:
    To be successful they need to produce for a much wider and diverse (international) audience. For that to happen they need to stick their heads outside the US centric, political correct, California box it is currently stuck in, and discover there is a whole planet out there with cultures, ideas and lifestyles that often will fly right in the Apple corporate face, but still are rich, fascinating, dramatic, often violent, have great love stories and heroism, and have histories centuries longer then the American. 
    Agree completely! They should send out scouts to all of the countries that have a film/TV industry of note. Remember House of Cards is an adaptation of the 1990 BBC miniseries of the same name. Also, why can't I just buy AppleTV+ shows direct, one-by-one. Many Netflix, HBO, Disney, etc. shows are available to buy in iTunes/AppleTV.
  • Ikea quietly adds HomeKit support to Fyrtur smart blinds

    It would be a real winner if they can be set up to rise when my alarm goes off!
  • System 7 transformed the Mac on May 13, 1991

    System 7 was code named "Big Bang", presumably because "The Hitchikers Guide to the Galaxy" was big at the time (featuring Zaphod Beeblebrox, described by Eccentrica Gallumbits as "the best Bang since the Big One"). Perhaps also, because the author, the late Douglas Adams, was the first person to buy a Mac in Europe (the second being his friend Stephen Fry).

    Happy memories for me include upgrading from Mac SE to LC, playing with Hypercard with my then 9 y.o. son (among other stacks that we made, I remember a "radar screen"), discovering AppleTalk and, as a result, converting my department to Mac and then connecting the Mac network to the corporate mainframe with an SNAps 52/50 card (or something like that, it was a while ago), implementing MapGrafix mapping, and getting a PowerBook 100 - wow! I used to do the staff training myself. I'd show them how to move, point and click the mouse and then I'd bring up the training module (there was an on-screen cartoon guy) and that was that! Productivity and innovation jumped massively and we had a lot of fun too!